Gods and Generals:
Director Ron Maxwell and producer Ted Turner return to the glory and tragedy of the Civil War in this historical drama, a prequel to Gettysburg, which examines the early days of the conflict through the experiences of three men. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels) left behind a quiet life and a career as a college professor to become one of the Union’s greatest military minds. Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson (Stephen Lang) was, like Chamberlain, a man of great religious faith who served in the defense of the Confederacy. And Gen. Robert E. Lee (Robert Duvall), who led the Confederate army, was a man who was forced to choose between his loyalty to the United States and his love of the Southern states where he was born and raised. As Chamberlain, Jackson, and Lee are followed through the declaration of war and the battles at Manassas, Antietam, Frederickburg, and Chancellorsville, the film also introduces us to the many supporting players in the epic tale of the war between the States, among them the women these men left behind, among them Fanny Chamberlain (Mira Sorvino) and Anna Jackson (Kali Rocha). Based on a novel by Jeff Shaara, Gods and Generals also features a new song written and performed by Bob Dylan. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara becomes this sprawling historical epic. As in Shaara’s novel, director Ronald Maxwell focuses on a handful of major players to dramatize the events of July 1863, when the armies of the Union and Confederacy clash at the small Pennsylvania town of the title. Among them are Martin Sheen as General Robert E. Lee, who disagrees with his top advisor, General James Longstreet (Tom Berenger) over battle strategy, and Jeff Daniels as Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a college professor whose unorthodox techniques save the day (and possibly the war) for his beleaguered army. Other cast standouts include Richard Jordan in his final film appearance as the ill-fated General Lewis Armistead, and cameo roles for Civil War buff Ken Burns and media mogul producer Ted Turner. Filmed on-location at Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg was shot as a television miniseries for Turner’s TNT cable channel, but earned a limited theatrical release. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Gettysburg:
  • Widescreen (16×9 1.85:1) version
  • 2 documentaries: The Making of Gettysburg and vintage Oscar nominee The Battle of Gettysburg
  • Commentary by director/screenwriter Ronald F. Maxwell, cinematographer Kees Van Oostrum, Pulitzer prize-winning author James M. McPherson and military historian Craig Symonds
  • Cast/director interview gallery and filmographies
  • Battlefield maps
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Languages & subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)
  • Gods and Generals:
  • Widescreen (16×9 2.4:1) version
  • Introduction by executive producer Ted Turner
  • Commentary by director/screenwriter Ronald F. Maxwell and historical advisors Col. Keith Gibson and James I. Robertson Jr.
  • 3 documentaries
  • Journey to the Past: The African-American slave experience in the film’s era
  • The life of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson
  • The authenticies of the film
  • 2 music videos: Bob Dylan’s Cross the Green Mountain and Mary Fahl’s Going Home
  • DVD-ROM PC features: original website, including extensive production and historical notes, Civil War links and more
  • Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)
Specs: Details:
Format DVD
Studio Warner Home Video
Product Title Gettysburg/Gods and Generals [2 Discs]
Language English, French
Program Type Movie
Release Date 01/02/2007
Screen Format Enhanced Widescreen for 16×9 TV
Region Code 1
Sound Features Dolby Digital w/o sub-woofer channel, Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, 1.85:1
Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Rating PG-13  (Adult Language, Adult Situations, War Violence)
Run Time 225
Year of Release 2003
Genre Drama
Sub Genre Historical Epic, War Epic
Countries Produced United States
Themes Great Battles, Military Life, Life on the Homefront
Tones Earnest, Sweeping, Lavish, Stirring
Moods For Love of Country